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Defence Forces to purchase Small Arms Indoor Training Simulators

Ministry of Defence 13.2.2019 13.33 | Published in English on 13.2.2019 at 13.40
Press release

Minister of Defence Jussi Niinistö authorised on 13th of February 2019 the Finnish Defence Forces Logistics Command to purchase Small Arms Indoor Training Simulators (SAITS) from Saab AB. The procurement contract includes the equipment, software licences and maintenance for three years.

The Defence Forces are planning to provide firearm training for conscripts and reservists by means of Small Arms Indoor Training Simulators already in 2019, and the aim is to ensure that the new learning environment will be in full training use in 2021. The learning environment comprises weapon replicas, computers and a classroom with a video projector. It will be possible to train troops in virtual scenarios in an effective, safe and environmental-friendly way.

The procurement of Small Arms Indoor Training Simulators is part of the Training 2020 Programme, which will impact in a number of ways how both conscripts and reservists will be trained. The procurement's overall value is about EUR 9 million and the contract also includes options for further procurements.

Inquiries: Marika Järvenpää, Special Adviser, Ministry of Defence, tel. +358 295 140 051, and Osmo Forstén, Division Engineer, MSc, tel. +358 299 800 (Defence Forces' switchboard).